I had ample time to write this speech, however as a professional procrastinator the concrete concepts didn't start forming until four weeks before the conference when I began to dig deep into what I've learned while trying to enable change to take place in the performing arts here at Penn State. And then it wasn't until four days before the conference that I was really confident about what I wanted to say. However, the time that it took to put together these ideas enabled me to really begin to understand what it means to change a community here at Penn State and what we've done by changing the performing arts as well.
The overall concept of the talk was that student culture here at Penn State can be likened to a fabric, where students make up the stitches when they engage with other students. From a very high vantage point, the entire student fabric looks something like this:
1. critically analyze the fabric (because tears like to hide and it is our responsibility to point them out)
2. be constantly believing that positive change is possible
3. we need to find an organization that is doing positive things here at Penn State and join
4. get our peers to join in these organizations as well
If we can do these things, we can create a structure that will enable change to take place at Penn State and if we focus those efforts (as PAC has been doing) I believe we can make that happen in the Performing Arts Community as well.
A video of John's speech is HERE!